Canine Flu spreading across the US including Arizona

Here's why flu season is so bad this year — and how you can protect yourself from catching it

The flu is now widespread over the entire continental United States, which is unusual.

Official estimates from the CDC are expected at the end of the current season, based on a calculation from hospitals and states reporting data to the agency. Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 people die from flu complications.

The Sedgwick County Health Department still offers flu vaccinations. The H3N2 flu virus is already widespread in all USA states except for Hawaii and there is global concern over the influenza epidemic.

The CDC declared this year's flu activity an epidemic, explaining that there's an uptick in both confirmed cases of the disease and hospitalizations related to it. Some people are at a higher risk of getting the flu because of where they live or work, while others have a higher risk of developing complications as a result of getting the flu. Information about vaccination clinics may also be available from the health department. Roughly 80 percent of people who have come down with the flu this year did not get vaccinated.

AtlantiCare and Shore Medical Center have both restricted access to their hospitals in Galloway Township, Atlantic City and Somers Point to people 14 years and older as children make up a large percentage of flu carriers.

Avoid close contact with anyone that is ill and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched such as your phone, keyboard, or desk.

"This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought", the CDC's Dr. Dan Jernigan said, via CBS News.




'The dominant flu virus out there is one we call H3N2 - it's a more severe virus, ' said Dr William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Most commonly, human infections with variant viruses occur in people with exposure to infected pigs (e.g., children near pigs at a fair or workers in the swine industry).

If you have either the cold or flu with vomiting and/or diarrhea, see a doctor. These children were hospitalised during the 2010-11 to 2013-14 influenza seasons and had a respiratory specimen collected and analysed for the influenza virus.

The plan said the CDC would "continue minimal support to protect the health and well-being of US citizens here and overseas". Though a contingency plan assures that flu tracking will still go on as usual, this shutdown nonetheless should have you washing your hands with soap and warm water for twice as long. Choose a product with at least 60 percent alcohol.

If you are sick, cover your cough and stay home from work if you can, Bergen said. Individual patients are limited to no more than two visitors and a time and no one younger than 14 years old will be allowed to visit, except for health siblings of healthy newborns.

The restrictions will continue until further notice.

■ Ensure that NY continues to have an adequate supply of flu vaccine and remaining in close communication with the Centers for Disease control and Prevention regarding vaccine availability.

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